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Setting Goals

To achieve black belt at our school, each student will be required to successfully complete a series of other rank promotions that lead to black belt. Martial arts training teaches students that you can achieve a long term goal by breaking the goal down into many short term objectives. These objectives represent interim goals that need to be accomplished in order for the long term goal to be realized. Students learn the importance of goal setting strategies which are invaluable scholastically as well as in life.

It doesn’t matter if you are a student in pre-school, grades school, high school, or college; martial arts can impact your scholastic results. Martial arts students learn that success requires commitment, determination, and hard work.

Many of you will face important scholastic challenges in the year ahead. We have tremendous confidence in our students to meet these challenges and produce excellent results.

Everything is not as you see it

Joe and Tim were in the same class in school and in the same Martial Arts class. Tim made straight A’s. Joe worked hard to keep a B average. Tim won all of the tournaments in forms. Joe worked very hard to come in second or third. Joe envied Tim and wished he could be like him.

One day, at a tournament, Tim placed second and was so upset tears were in his eyes. It was the first time Tim had failed to come in first place. Joe didn’t really know Tim very well but Tim seemed so distressed, Joe went to him and said, “Gee, Tim. Why are you so upset?” Tim hung his head and whispered, “You don’t understand.” Joe said, “No, I don’t. I come in second or third all the time and I know I did my best so it doesn’t upset me.” Tim whispered, “What does your father say when you don’t come in first?” Joe said, “Nothing. He tells me if I put everything I had into it, he is proud of me even if I don’t win anything. Why?” Tim whispered, “You’re so lucky! My father accepts nothing from me but the top. Don’t look now, but catch a glimpse of my father and how he is looking at me” and walked away. In a few minutes, Joe looked out into the audience and saw Tim’s father glaring at Tim. He’d never seen anyone look so angry.

Then Joe understood that Joe was always best at everything because he was afraid of his father. From then on, instead of envying Tim, Joe felt sorry for him and was glad that he was not like Tim.

Martial Arts Motivation – 3 Things That Prevent Any Person From Achieving the Rank of Black Belt

Here’s an interesting statistic: For all those students who walk through the door, join up, buy the uniform and take classes, only about three out of every one-hundred students will ever achieve the rank of Black Belt.

Why? They are dedicated. They understand what they’re getting into, don’t they? They apply themselves in the classroom like they mean business, too. So what happens to that 97%?

In most cases, there are only three things that prevent a person from earning a Black Belt. When I ask students what they think those three are, they usually don’t have a clue. I get answers like, “Lack of dedication, sir!” Nope. “Lack of proper focus, sir!” Wrong again. Some others I hear: Not trying hard enough. Not paying attention. Lack of will power. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

And the scary thing is, these same three barriers are the reason why you-me-all of us fail to complete almost anything we do.

Are you ready for the answer? The three things are: Money, Time, and Health. And all three of those things are the outward evidence of your inward motivation.

Look-and if you’re a student working toward your Black Belt, no matter what style or system-and this is important: When your instructor trains you to work hard physically, he or she intentionally pushes you to your limit, whether it be the number of pushups you can do, how fast you can kick, or how well you can follow instructions. It’s all for your own good. You are pushed to your limit, then taught to overcome that limitation. Just one more pushup. Kick one more time, just a little bit faster. A little bit more effort and energy than you thought you had in you. That’s how you advance, get better, improve.

Martial Arts is about more than just block-punch-kick-punch-“I win!“ It’s about personal success and achievement. It’s all about going as far as you’re able, then, when you think you can’t do any more or any better, find that place deep down inside yourself where you make yourself go just a little bit further, do a little bit better, succeed a little bit more. That’s how tournaments are won and champions are made. That’s how you become able to defend yourself on the street. That’s how you succeed at anything.

Except getting your Black Belt? Amazingly, as willing as students are to be subjected to hard physical and mental workouts, they don’t seem to understand that you must transfer that ability to overcoming barriers in other areas of your personal life!

Like money and time management. And injuries? Well, be reasonable. Be patient and let them heal. But as soon as they do, get back in the game.

I guarantee you that sometime between now and when you finally pass your Black Belt test, you are going to think you have to quit. Maybe you’ll think of quitting for just for a little while, and then you’ll get back into it when some issues are resolved. Unfortunately, most people never get back into it. Money, Time, and Health are almost always the reason why.

What can you do? Apply your Martial Arts training those areas of your life. Does it seem as though there’s just no way to work out the budgeting issue? Talk with your instructor, you spouse, and even yourself. Are there possibilities other than those that seem obvious? Brainstorm. Talk it over with a trusted friend or counselor. How can you manage your time differently? We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, and the same dollar signs in our budgets. Both money and time can be managed if you don’t let them manage you.

Health is a little different. Usually, when people experience health related set-backs, they don’t lose their motivation. That’s a good thing, but be reasonable. Martial Arts practice should always improve, not harm your health.

You can overcome the barriers that Money, Time, and Health may present. When you’re down on the floor sucking carpet dust and you don’t think you can do another pushup, you find a way to do it anyway. If you believe your only option is a smelly carpet, you won’t be inspired to succeed. But knowing you are not limited by what you are experiencing at the moment will put you in a frame of mind to see answers and possibilities you never realized were there.

Can Martial Arts Improve Your Memory?

First, martial arts provides routine exercise that has been proven to protect brain function. Researchers believe that exercise protects the brain in many ways including increasing blood flow and decreasing the risk of diseases that may impair brain function. Exercise also helps to control stress, which, unmanaged, negatively affects memory. Chronic stress not only interferes with your ability to focus, but actually leads to altered brain structure. Controlling stress is therefore one crucial key to maintaining brain function and memory. Martial arts is a great stress reducer, above and beyond its role as exercise, as it incorporates meditation and other directly stress reducing techniques.

Martial arts also exercises your mind. Just as physical exercise builds your physical body, mental exercise pushes your brain to get in shape. The brain is a “use it or lose it” organ. According to Dr. Robert Butler of Mount Sinai Medical School “some decrease in [brain] function results from disuse.” By participating in the martial arts you are constantly giving your brain new information and movements to learn thereby keeping your brain in tip-top shape.

As you age and “enjoy” your busy lifestyle, decreased memory doesn’t have to be inevitable. Practice the martial arts regularly to exercise your mind and body, allowing you to enjoy a more active and healthier brain.

Welcome Litchfield Park, AZ to Far East Martial Arts & Fitness

Welcome to Far East Martial Arts & Fitness. We have been training and sharing the benefits of martial arts with Litchfield Park, AZ and the surrounding area for over ten years. Our state of the art training center provides the perfect backdrop for developing the skill and determination needed to succeed in mixed martial arts and life. Far East Martial Arts & Fitness is staffed by professional, experienced instructors, who have dedicated their lives to sharing the power of martial arts with the community. We offer many classes to accommodate your busy schedule. Regardless of your age or level of experience, we have a program that is tailored just for you.
We’re located at:
10665 W. Indian School Rd
Avondale, Arizona 85392
(623) 772-8484
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